Winter Wonderland Wedding!

August 14th, 2013

The weather is topping the high 90s, the sun index is at a year high and the beaches are clogged with bodies desperate to beat the heat.

So why are we thinking about wintertime? Because our brides are! Yep, believe it or not, my lovelies, winter will come. And now’s the time to start finalizing your winter wedding plans.

White, White, White…

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Elegant chantilly lace makes this Monique Lhuillier creation gorgeous. Image: marieclaire.com

Of course, for winter, it’s all about white — so though I normally have a penchant for ivory, Navajo and other off-white bridal colors, I say for a winter wedding, go full-on white with the gown.

Another “wedding no-no” you can forego with a winter wedding: match your bridesmaids in gorgeous white. Just make sure there’s plenty of color interspersed (you’re still the bride, after all). A jewel-toned bodice with a just-above-the-knee flounce of white is gorgeous for your bridesmaids.

…And a Surprising Splash of Color

For you: be daring and add a splash of brilliant color with a sash, a hair fascinator or big bow.

Winter calls for dramatic jewel tones: royal purple, crimson or deep jewel blue are all beautiful.

Accessories and Add-Ons

Winter allows for more extravagance in your gown as well as your wedding and reception decor. Try:

  • feathers – a feathered boa; white swan feathers around the base of your wedding cake
  • gems – rhinestones and faux gems in your tiara, on hair fascinators for the wedding party and on vases for the reception tables, and on your cake topper
  • metallics – gold and silver are gorgeous touches, especially on your gown bodice
  • pearls – always gorgeous for any wedding, pearls are especially elegant for a winter celebration

Winter Imagery for Your Decor

Snowflake placecard holders.

Snowflake placecard holders.

Choose winter imagery for your decor and favors. Snowflakes, white birds, cranberries and winterberries, twinkling frosty stars, pine cones, mistletoe and anything green or red are gorgeous touches.

Snowflake-shaped placecards or placecard holders are a nice touch, too.

Put lots of candles on the tables. Candlelight creates a warm and beautiful environment for your wedding reception.

Festive Seasonal Favors and Gifts

Don’t forget the favors! Try these ideas:

  • an elegant, simple pearl bracelet as your bridesmaid’s gift
  • pearl necklaces for you and your wedding party
  • snowflake-shaped favors, such as wine corks embellished with snowflakes
  • glittering, decorated favor boxes
  • warm baked treats (brownies or brownie pops, cupcakes, etc.)

As always, let us know what gorgeous ideas you come up with for your winter 2013 wedding — we love to hear from you!